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Friday, January 20, 2012

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice - Part 4 - Statistics

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in Brooklyn New York. Nearly 100 years later her legacy Planned Parenthood Federation of America a nonprofit, includes two national offices that support 83 affiliates in the United States that run approximately 800 health care centers. It is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider.

Cecile Richard, current President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America stated on February 18, 2011, “For 95 years, Planned Parenthood has provided medical care and family planning services to women across the country….We are trusted by millions of women and families to deliver care to those who need it most.”  On June 14, 2011 at the Commonwealth Club she boasted Planned Parenthood “does more to prevent unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion than any other agency.”  (Commonwealth  Club 6/14/11 15:47) But should she boast?
Since 1990 the overall number of abortions performed nationwide has decreased 25%. During the same time period the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has gone up 157%.*
Planned Parenthoods Annual Report from 2005 – 2011 show Abortion Services consistently, year after year at a tidy 3% of their total yearly services. This statistic makes abortion appear insignificant when compared to their other services. Sometimes numbers paint a different picture when they are given in dollars.

$105,977,200 or 30.6% of Planned Parenthood's revenue from Clinic Services** came from abortion services in 2005.  Since 2005 this percentage has steadily risen.  $166,982,000 or 54.7% of Planned Parenthood's revenue from Clinic Services** came from abortion services in 2011.  With over 50% of revenue from Clinic Services coming from abortions in 2010 and 2011, the percentage doesn’t seem so insignificant.
As Planned Parenthood the nation’s leading sexual health care provider has increased their share of the abortion industry, have then been able to decrease the number of unintended pregnancies?
The Guttmacher institute Policy Review Summer 2006 revealed that between 1994 and 2001 the unintended pregnancy rate for poor women went up by 29% and that poor women face more unplanned pregnancies and growing rates of abortion.
Guttmacher Institute’s report on U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions dated January 2010, stated, “for the first time since the early 1990s, overall rates of pregnancy and birth—and, to a lesser extent, rates of abortion—among teenagers and young women increased from 2005 to 2006. It is too soon to tell whether this reversal is simply a short-term fluctuation, a more lasting stabilization or the beginning of a longer-term increase. Preliminary data on births for 2007 show a further increase.”
If the success of Planned Parenthood rests on their ability to decrease the number of abortions and decrease the number of unintended pregnancies, they have not achieved their goal. If the success of Planned Parenthood rests on increasing the amount of money they receive from the government through our tax dollars to provide reproductive health care and the amount of funds they receive from abortion services they are exceeding their goal and making their non-profit quite profitable.
Except for 2006, from 2005 to 2009, Planned Parenthood Federation of America reported Excess of Revenue over Expenses greater than the total GAO Government Reported Expenditure of Title X and Medicaid combined.

In other words Planned Parenthood, a non-profit corporation reported making a profit greater than what they received in our tax dollars in the form of Title X and Medicaid. If they had not received money for Title X and Medicaid in the years 2005 to 2009, they would still have reported a profit of $11,200,000 in 2005, $63,300,000 in 2007, $29,500,000 in 2008 and broke even in 2006.*
Part four, Planned Parenthood Profitable Nonprofit, present statistics taken from Planned Parenthood and the Guttmacher Institute illustrating Planned Parenthood’s excess over revenue (profit) from abortion dollars and their increased percentage of the national abortion pie.
*Planned Parenthood Part 4 Profitable Nonprofit

** Clinic Services for Planned Parenthood are defined as - Contraception + Sterilization + STD Testing + Pap Exams + HPV Vaccinations + Breast Exams + Colposcopy Procedures + LEEP Procedures + Cryotherapy Procedures + Other Women's Health Issues (Preganancy Tests, Prenatal Clients, Midlife Clients, Intertility) + Abortion Procedures + Primary Care + Adoption Referrals (not all affiliates have all services)

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